What a lovely post on a special day in a special year for us Singaporeans! Love it!
Thank you, Mr My15HWW!
Was surfing on Facebook when I saw this post. Clicked into the article DISCUSSING THE 5 GLARING SIMILARITIES THAT EXPLAIN THE SUCCESS OF LKY AND WARREN BUFFETT.
Very interesting read! Definitely a refreshing and much-needed (for me anyway) change from all the SG50 articles that are mostly about where to catch fireworks and how to spend the Golden Jubilee weekend *yawns*
Anyway, what’s gonna follow next might sound like a gushing love letter for a man deceased, but I’ll soldier on ahead anyway since this is my own space, hehe! Considered yourself warned, keke!
I’ve always loved and admired LKY, for all that he’s done for the nation. I truly believe that had it not been for his steely determination, incredible foresight and a very ‘world’s view’ kind of wisdom, Singapore would be nowhere near where we are now.
Just have a look at OUR NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES, and those are countries with more natural resources, bigger land size and bigger population (read= market) than us. So it’s really no easy feat to bring the nation from there to where we are now in our short history.
But as much as I understood, respected and loved him for the nation-building part, especially in the formative years when it must have been darned difficult, I never really thought about how he had impacted and even changed my life. In his living years, I had never thought about it, and never made the connection of how the policies laid down had made all the difference to my life.
Yea, I just plain didn’t think about it.
But his death in March led me to read tons and tons of stuff about him, about what he had done and all that jazz. It was then that realization kicked in:
THIS MAN CHANGED MY LIFE.
I was born into and grew up in a poor family. Really, we were quite poor when I was growing up. And my parents weren’t able to receive much formal education and were blue-collar workers all the way.
Had it not been the government’s dogged pursuit of the higher-value and higher-tech foreign investments, we wouldn’t have enjoyed the kind of economic growth we have.
Had it not been the work of a stable government with a deliberately pro-business environment, we wouldn’t have had the abundance of jobs we had and still have.
Had it not been for the EFFECTIVE AND HARMONIOUS TRIPARTITE RELATIONS, we wouldn’t have recovered so quickly from each downturn and recession.
Had it not been the various schemes to look out for the lower income groups and the HOUSING POLICIES WITH HOME-OWNERSHIP IN MIND, my parents might not have been able to feed ourselves and still afford our own roof over our heads We had gone from a rental flat when I was born to them buying a one-room flat when I was in primary school, and they upgraded to a two-room flat when I was in secondary school….
Had it not been for the education system here, I wouldn’t have been able to receive all the education that I did. Had it not been for the MERITOCRACY we have in our society, (and the transparency and honesty in our public services), kids from poor families like myself might not have been able to land good jobs and good pay. I even managed to go overseas for my masters degree in my late 20s and landed my first five-figure salary when I turned 32. All these from a poor kid who lived in a rental flat. I’d say not bad.
(Personal tidbit: I’m no longer working in the private sector, and am now working for HAPPY instead of moolah ^^)
Seriously, all that we enjoy and perhaps take for granted now did not happen by chance.
Singapore is the size of a pebble in a big fat ocean, and we have ZERO natural resources and our population is so small. We blardy didn’t have a chance. But hey, not only did we survive, we actually have become one of the most advanced, developed and some may even say successful nation from this region. Nothing short of a miracle, you know.
The SOCIAL MOBILITY that we have in our society is awesome.
Like in my own case, even if we’re not rich-rich now, we’re at least a reasonably comfortable middle-class family with our own roof over our heads. Life’s not luxurious, but it’ll do and we’re happy. It all didn’t happen by chance, you know. It’s all the policies, infrastructure and all that have allowed us such opportunities. Policies that try to level the playing field for even KIDS FROM POOR FAMILIES like me.
All these within one generation, and that counts for a lot, mind you.
The problem is… many of us have had it good for so long. In fact, for the younger folks, they’ve never even tasted failure or hard times. And we’ve long accustomed to a place where everything works efficiently and when something’s not working, it gets fixed really quickly. So the younger generation may not understand the tremendous effort that went into building this nation. They may not get that it wasn’t that long ago that things weren’t like this.
And that not everyone has it good like us elsewhere.
Just like what the author, Victor Mills, said in this article that went viral earlier this year, MANY SINGAPOREANS HAVE A MISPLACED SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT. And wait, before you start hurling criticism of how a foreigner should mind his own business, let me tell you Victor Mills is a naturalized Singaporean.
Interesting chap, methinks. Click HERE and HERE for more of his thoughts.
It’s almost shocking when I read some of the responses to some of our ministers’ sharing. There’s really nothing wrong with what the ministers (or even PM Lee or DPM Tharman) said, they usually make good sense and I believe they just wanted to paint a realistic picture for us so that we know what we’re up against.
But their words are always, sadly, taken out of context by those so-called alternative news sites or antis and mis-reported as them favouring foreign talents and dealing us, the locals, a really bad card. Or these antis would invariably sing same old tune of how the MPs and ministers are all making big bucks at the citizens’ expense or something along this line.
Like recently, SG Chan Chun Sing spoke about how OUR YOUNGER PMEs SHOULD GAIN MORE OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE so that we can remain competitive in the global economy.
Some people (deliberately?) (mis)interpreted his message as saying we Singaporeans are not good enough and that we should get out of the country. My eyeballs rolled to the back of my head. You want some eyeball-rolling exercise too? Click HERE.
And just today, some negative peeps also reacted badly to what Minister Tan Chuan Jin said in HIS RAPPLER INTERVIEW. He had said companies may choose to outsource their operations to places with lower operation costs like Manila, instead of Singapore, because the salary is possible a quarter of ours. Perfectly logical reasoning if you ask me. And he’s just stating facts.
Yet irresponsible alternative news site/s chose to take that out of context and twist Minister Tan’s words.
No, I won’t name the sites or share the links coz the last thing I wanna do is to drive traffic to it. And know what? I’d rather climb 10 flights of stairs first than to publicly acknowledge their existence. Hey, if you know me, you’ll know that 10 flights of stairs is a big fat hairy deal to me, k?
The worst thing is many of the readers blindly and ignorantly took what the so-called alternative news site published as the truth. They did not even bother to read the original article to form their own judgement I suspect these people just read headlines and sprout nonsense as comments and replies.
Anyway, looks like Minister Tan has been alerted of that ‘twisted’ post. Coz he posted this on his Facebook.
It’s just infuriating, all those people who create nothing out of something, and all those people who mislead others. They would yak about the darnedest things and then turn around and whine that there’s no freedom of speech in Singapore. Ya, right. Then why the heck they were able to publish so much already? *SMH*
Thank goooooodness I ain’t the only sane one around.
Am beginning to like this new site started by presumably young people. It’s called RISE OF THE STRAWBERRY NATION. Cute, right? Hur hur.
Anyway, they also blogged about how one stupid site misled its followers with a twisted account of Minister Tan’s interview. These fab young peeps have lovingly referred to the owner of that lying site THE FAT BOY IN AUSTRALIA *giggles*
And peeps, please gorgeous please do yourself a favour. Don’t follow those anti-Singapore sites and sites that spread lies. And please don’t share or repost their things. The more we ignore them, the better. Alternative news sites and hate sites are two different things. Alternative news sites and sites that spread lies are two different things too.
Be discerning. Surely you would know by now,
DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET.
It’s all terribly sad. Don’t they know sites like the one owned by ‘the fat boy in Australia‘, and a few other Facebook pages (a certain ASS is gaining a lot of traction unfortunately) are all rubbish sites that publish half-truths on good days and complete untruths on bad days?
In my mind, sites like these are bordering on anti-Singapore, since all they do is twist people’s words by taking them out of context and to stir hatred amongst fellow Singaporeans. Dont’ go there, please, just don’t.
Anyway, I digress…
Going back to the topic of LKY. This is gonna be our first NDP without the man. Read that there’s gonna be a tribute for him at #NDP2015. They’re even going to leave an empty seat for him. Oh man, all the feels….
Let’s have one more look at his last NDP appearance.
There’s been A LOT OF TALK lately about #SG50 and even beyond, like #SG100 and stuff.
Can’t help but also mention that the next General Election should be near, or at least that’s what the whole world’s saying. I worry about the outcome, worry about how some people may not be thinking clearly. Or worse, voting whilst being misguided by reading all the half-truths and untruths online.
And, would there really be what they call the LEE KUAN YEW DIVIDEND? I sure hope so.
For this round, there’re supposedly over 100,000 first-time voters. What are these young people thinking? What are these young minds reading that might shape their minds? How will they vote?
If only the naysayers, anti-PAP and anti-Singapore people are starting so-called alternative news sites, are blogging and are leaving comments and generally making themselves heard, and the other voices are keeping silent, then what we have online is a very, very, very lopsided discussion. In fact, is there even discussion?
I wish wish wish that more people will speak up, and I specifically mean the people who may not necessarily agree with the currently loud noises online. This is not so much egging propaganda on, but I think balance is important.
So… am super happy that those adorable strawberry-munching young peeps (nope, never met them, but I’m gonna assume they’re uber adorbs, hehe!) are blogging.
I also came across this blog post by PETUNIA LEE that’s a rather good read! It’s a fab mix of head and heart, and I love how she’s described our ‘love affair’ with the ruling party. Hehe, yea, pretty much like an (Asian, my word) husband!
And there’s also this interesting one by SIMPLYJESME who had previously voted for the opposition party, but is now having a rethink. Seems like the ruling party’s earnest try at reaching out to communicate with the masses has touched at least her.
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